Soccer AM v FIFA 16: What Does It Take To Be A FIFA World Beater?

Gifted gamer David Bytheway went all the way to the FIFA Interactive World Cup Final last summer, only to be edged out after playing past two million hopefuls. Soccer AM’s Adam Smith went to Wolverhampton to find out how he trains, get an idea of his real-life footballing talent and learn more about his creative approach to stress-relief.

To be honest I don’t fully get e-gaming. Whenever I have to sit and watch someone play FIFA I get antsy. I get bored watching and just count down the minutes until I can play. Despite my personal opinion it is hard to argue against how much impact FIFA e-gamers have had on soccer culture. Now kids who never stood a chance at being professional soccer players can make it to a “World Cup” and earn actual money playing FIFA (What I would give to go back in time armed with this knowledge when I argued with my mom about how I was playing too many video games). Not only is he playing in a “World Cup” but he also is playing FIFA with professional soccer players like David De Gea. If I could play FIFA with professional English Premier League players then I would drop playing actual soccer and pickup an Xbox controller so fast it would make your head spin.

Real-Life FIFA Skill Games ft. MLS Talent

Great idea by MLS! Whenever I played these skill games on FIFA I always wondered to myself if these skill games had ever been played in real life. Some of them seemed pretty complicated while others seemed pretty doable. These videos are a great way of advertising FIFA 16 and showcasing the talent of MLS players at the same time. Too many times MLS players are overshadowed by their European counterparts and it is unfair to them. They are very skilled and it would have been cool if they had faced off against Premier League or La Liga players. I’m pretty sure Ronaldo or Messi would have smoked them but a player like Charlie Adam would probably be on equal footing or lower.

Check Out Futhead.com

Futhead.com strives to serve the FIFA Video Game community in all things Ultimate Team. We launched in February 2012 with some basic database features and inspiration from sites like UltimateDB and WowHead. Since then, we’ve not only added some sweet features such as the Squad Creator and User Reviews, but we’ve also grown to over 1 million registered users, and had over 80 million unique visitors. We’ll keep adding features, tweaking the site, and growing with this awesome community during FIFA 15 and onwards.

Futhead.com

A friend told me about this site and I’ve been using it ever since. Essentially it lets you compare players by their FIFa (the video game) stats. Of course FIFA stats are not completely exact since they are for a video game but it gives you a general stat line you can compare players to that normally wouldn’t exist. For example who are the slowest deep-lying playmakers or who are the fastest poachers in the world? With this website you can make those comparisons so next time you head to a bar and get in an argument with a friend you have some concrete knowledge to base your argument in. Although good luck remembering most of this stuff when you’re a few pints in!

Putin Says Sepp Blatter Deserves Nobel Prize, World’s Population Turns It’s Head

Fromm CNN:

Embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter deserves a Nobel Prize for his work leading world soccer’s governing body, according to Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Russia’s President made the comments in an interview with Swiss broadcaster RTS that was released Monday, two days after he and Blatter had gathered on stage in St. Petersburg for the preliminary draw for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

“I believe that people like Mr. Blatter, the heads of major international sports federations, deserve special attention and gratitude from public organizations,” Putin said. “If anyone should be awarded Nobel Prizes, it is these people.”

I read this article and I laughed because at first glance I thought maybe I was on The Onion instead of CNN. Vladimir Putin, as we all know, is not a good judge of character. In fact he’s not a good man at all. But after reading this I think he is either the biggest troll of all time or going insane because even a stupid sane man would never say something like this. I mean look at the below timeline:

This is not even to mention the thousands of migrant workers in unmarked graves in Qatar and the economic effects World Cups have on host countries because of FIFA’s insane demands. This is easily the most absurd thing I have ever heard. I can’t wait till he’s gone. We’re almost there.

Sepp Blatter Gets Embarrassed At FIFA Conference When British Comedian Makes It Rain

From The Daily Mail:

Disgraced FIFA president Sepp Blatter sensationally had a bundle of fake banknotes thrown over him by a comedian who gatecrashed his press conference in Zurich today.

Englishman Simon Brodkin – whose comedy creations include footballer Jason Bent and Lee Nelson – calmly walked up to Blatter’s position behind a table at the front of the stage and placed a wad of pretend US dollars on the table, saying: ‘This is for North Korea 2026’.

He then turned to address the press while Blatter, who later announced he would not stand for another term as FIFA president in the new elections having resigned earlier this year, waved urgently at security guards to take him away.

They duly arrived either side of Brodkin, but before they could remove him he threw a huge bundle of notes into the air, which rained down around the out-going president of football’s governing body.

Whoever this guy is he is my new hero. I love whenever Sepp gets what’s coming to him. After incidents such as these he always tries to appear unflappable and unperturbed but you know it bothers him. He wants everyone to think things like this don’t affect him. However, deep down inside you know these things do and as his fall from grace continues the cracks in his armor are starting to appear. This is a man who only a few months ago thought he was above the law even as his inner circle crumbled around him. The man is so out of touch with reality it is sickening. I’m just glad he came to power at FIFA and not as the leader of a country because if he had his dictatorship would have been brutal and destructive.

FIFA Scandal Collector Cards: Get The Whole Set!

See all of the cards here: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/06/19/football/fifa-scandal-collector-cards/index.html

From CNN:

So many arrests and so many men wanted and then there’s the resignation of the top boss — FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

If you’re struggling to keep up with who has done what in the FIFA scandal, you’re not alone, but CNN is here to help.

In a nod to those games you loved playing with your friends at school, we’ve designed a set of FIFA scandal collector cards, containing the key data of just who has been charged, banned suspended, resigned or pled guilty.

Feel free to print them out and swap them with your friends.

Gotta catch ’em all! What a funny way to honor such a revolting occurrence. I’m still dumbfounded by the depth and brazenness of this corruption. It’s like something out of a Mafia movie. I know the FIFA movie failed horribly at the box office but I would pay good money to see a movie on this entire corruption scandal. Until then I’m going to collect these cards. Does anyone out there want to trade their holographic Sepp Blatter card for my Jack Warner  and Amos Adamu cards? Hit me up in the comment section if you have any better offers.

How A Curmudgeonly Old Reporter Exposed The FIFA Scandal That Toppled Sepp Blatter

From The Washington Post:

For the past 15 years, Jennings has focused on the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), international soccer’s governing body. As other journalists were ball watching — reporting scorelines or writing player profiles — Jennings was digging into the dirty deals underpinning the world’s most popular game.

“Credit in this saga should go to the dogged obsession of a single reporter, Andrew Jennings,” the Guardian’s Simon Jenkins wrote last week, citing in particular Jennings’s BBC “Panorama” film called “The Beautiful Bung: Corruption and the World Cup.”

Now, after decades of threats, suspicions about tapped phones and intermittent paychecks, Jennings is being vindicated with every twist and turn in the FIFA scandal.

During a phone interview Tuesday morning with The Washington Post, he called FIFA President Sepp Blatter “a dead man walking.” Two hours later, Blatter announced he was stepping down, just days after being reelected.

“I know that they are criminal scum, and I’ve known it for years,” he said. “And that is a thoughtful summation. That is not an insult. That is not throwing about wild words.”

“These scum have stolen the people’s sport. They’ve stolen it, the cynical thieving bastards,” he said. “So, yes, it’s nice to see the fear on their faces.”

There’s not much else to say besides that this guy is an international hero. He epitomizes the power of quality journalism. Rather than chase the easy money making stories he focused instead on stories that would make an actual difference no matter how long and arduous the process was. After reading this article praising his efforts it is evident that he was a large reason for the success of the US led investigation. Without him Sepp Blatter would still be in charge and us soccer fans would still be struggling under the weight of FIFA’s corruption. I’m not kidding when I say that this man deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. Without him FIFA and Sepp Blatter would still be strutting around like they are untouchable. It feels so good for me to know the  smug smile on Blatter’s face has been wiped away so I can only imagine how great it feels for Andrew Jennings.